Quicker green patents

Thu, 26 Feb 2015

The UK IP Office has announced it will, with immediate effect, fast-track patent applications for "green" technology.

Accelerated search and/or examination of the patent application will be carried out where a patent applicant makes a reasonable assertion that the invention in the patent application is one which has some environmental benefit.

It could take only nine months to get a patent granted under this scheme, compared with the current average time of three years.

Please contact us if you would like further information.



  • Matthew Allen

    By Matthew Allen Wed, 10 Jun 2020

    Given that nuclear fission is free of Carbon emissions there is good reason for the UK IP Office to treat it as a clean technology. You are right to be concerned as to how nuclear waste is poorly managed, by some, in practice. One can only hope that rules governing disposal of such waste are both adequate, and enforced, in the coming years.

  • Dr Timothy Norris

    By Dr Timothy Norris Sat, 30 May 2020

    BEIS (i.e. Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) in UK government has an agenda for conventional nuclear fission power. BEIS includes nuclear fission in its portfolio of "green technologies". In view of 250000 tonnes of high level nuclear waste worldwide and more accumulating over a period of circa 70 years that has to be isolated from the biosphere on account of its toxicity, would nuclear technology be fast tracked by the UK IPO?

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